Founded in 2002, the Majestic Realty Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Majestic Realty, a real estate development firm that specializes in building business parks “that serve communities.” By extension, it built a foundation to further “enhance the quality of life” in those communities, with the recognition that “needs were growing rapidly,” by focusing on five “key investment areas”: Youth, Education, Family, Health and Violence Prevention.
Given its for-profit real estate ventures, it's not a surprise that housing is something that Majestic Realty supports on its philanthropic side. What is a bit more unusual is that this support of housing and homelessness prevention flows through a thesis of what the foundation calls "Family," which in its giving history could be described as support for organizations and programs that aim to create family stability.
Family stability programming—including housing support—also strongly relates to the seven words the Majestic Realty Foundation lists as its “Guiding Principles”: Vision, Leadership, Passion, Commitment, Caring, Creativity and Collaboration.
There's a big caveat here: your housing program, which should optimally and strongly address family needs, must also operate in one of the eight areas the foundation funds. They are the Los Angeles area; Atlanta, Dallas-Forth Worth, Denver/Aurora, Las Vegas, Bethlehem, PA, and the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire in California.
Where the Majestic Realty Foundation is less restrictive: it funds general operating costs as well as program support. It also declares an interest in leveraging other matching funds grants you may have received—stating that as a priority way of giving, in fact.
Recent grants to housing and homelessness programs include:
- $5,000 to the Atlanta Children's Shelter (Atlanta, GA)
- $5,000 to Habitat for Humanity (Las Vegas, NV)
- $3,720 to the Eli Home (Anaheim, CA)
- $3,000 to Nicholas House (Atlanta, GA)
- $2,000 to the Foothill Family Shelter (Upland, CA)
- $1,000 to the Atlanta Mission (Atlanta, GA).
The Majestic Realty Foundation has an open LOI, inviting submissions year-round.